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Windows 2000 failed to install (please help!!!)


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#1 Jcc3258

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Posted 19 August 2009 - 11:49 AM

I am fixing up a family members gateway g6-350 from 1999 and I replaced the old hard drive because it was doing a cycle click when reading so I new it was failing so I bought a new PATA or ide hard drive a 400gb model from western digital I installed the drive but the cd drive is set be the first boot device

I have the cd in the drive but the computer doesn't even want to read the cd drive I went to the bios and it's being detected but I am getting no activity on the cd-rom drive I wonder if that could be bad.

Please help me.

Is it possible that the cd-rom drive is bad if it's not reading any discs at all.

Any help would be worth while.

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Posted 19 August 2009 - 11:57 AM

How do you have the hard drive and optical drive set-up?

Are each on their own cable\Ide port on the motherboard?

In BIOS do they show up as Primary and Secondary Master, or does one show up as a slave perhaps?

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Posted 19 August 2009 - 12:04 PM

I have the cd-rom on it's own ide cable set as a master and the hard drive is on it's own ide cable set as master

The hard drive is the primary Master drive
The CD-ROM IS THE SECONDARY MASTER

I am looking at the bios right now

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Posted 19 August 2009 - 12:10 PM

That should do the trick.

Since you are able to open and close the CD tray to put in the OS we know you have power.

Unfortunately, you may be right in thinking that the CD drive is bad. Even if the OS disk were bad the CD drive light should at least come on briefly when the tower is first started.

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Posted 19 August 2009 - 12:21 PM

I got my disc out of the drive I am getting power to the tower but the cd-rom Is toast good thing I've got have spares from other computers that I have scrapped for parts.

I might put in this old cd burner that i have laying around

Hopefully I can get the os to install after I change the cd-rom drive

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Posted 19 August 2009 - 12:29 PM

Good luck.

Always good to have some spare parts around.

Let us know how it works out.

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Posted 19 August 2009 - 12:33 PM

While You we're replying I got the new drive installed and I have the windows 2000 setup running as I speak.

It's formatting the new hard drive my sister is going to be happy that her computer is fixed.

And it's done formatting and it's ready to go with the windows files.

i'll post one more update when it's done

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Posted 19 August 2009 - 12:39 PM

:thumbsup:

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Posted 19 August 2009 - 12:41 PM

IT'S DONE INSTALLING AND IT'S RUNNING WINDOWS 2000 PRO ON THE NEW HARD DRIVE

Thank you for the help.

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Posted 19 August 2009 - 12:43 PM

You had it figured out. Just need`d a second opinion was all. :thumbsup:

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Posted 19 August 2009 - 12:45 PM

I did need a second opinion because I have never had a cd drive fail on me

I have had hard drives go bad but never a cd drive

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Posted 19 August 2009 - 12:51 PM

Live and learn. Now you`ll have a better idea the next time you run into a similar problem. :thumbsup:

Optical drives usually fail before hard drives. Around 5 years is expected out of hard drives. Around a year or two from optical drives.

Of course a lot of things need to be taken into consideration when figuring life expectancy's of either.

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Posted 22 August 2009 - 12:04 PM

gee really
i got a packard bell from the year 2001 and its still running its quantum fireball lol
that computer has been on every day of its life LOL will petty close
and its lg cd rw is about 5 years old and going strong

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Posted 22 August 2009 - 12:10 PM

gee really
i got a packard bell from the year 2001 and its still running its quantum fireball lol
that computer has been on every day of its life LOL will petty close
and its lg cd rw is about 5 years old and going strong



There are exceptions to every rule. :thumbsup:




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